Biden to announce Uber, Lyft partnership providing free rides to COVID-19 vaccination sites through July 4
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is set to announce a partnership with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccination sites to help meet his target of 70% of U.S. adults getting at least one vaccine shot by July 4.
The president will announce the partnership, along with other steps the administration is taking to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, at a virtual meeting with a bipartisan group of governors Tuesday afternoon. The feature is expected to launch in the next two weeks and run through July 4.
“People will be able to simply select a vaccination site near them, follow simple directions to redeem their ride, and then get a ride to take them to and from a nearby vaccination site free of charge,” the White House said in a statement.
Biden also will announce a partnership to open vaccination sites at community colleges across the country to provide shots for students, staff and local residents throughout May and June.
The president will also make funding from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which was signed into law in March, immediately available to state, territorial, Tribal and local governments to promote community outreach and to assist people in getting vaccinated.
State and local community leaders can use the billions in funding, which will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for vaccine education efforts, contacting residents to fill vaccination appointments and working with employers to get their employees vaccinated off-site or by setting up a pop-up vaccination clinic at work.
In March, Lyft partnered with non-profit groups including United Way Worldwide, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the NAACP, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Down Syndrome Society to fund rides to help people in low-income communities get inoculated.
Biden is meeting virtually with the leaders of Ohio, Utah, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota and New Mexico to share best practices as the administration eyes its Fourth of July goal.
More than half of all residents in Massachusetts, Maine and New Mexico have gotten at least one shot, ranking those states in the top 10. Ohio and Utah are in the bottom half of states for vaccination rates.
Biden will acknowledge the important role governors have played in vaccination efforts and how their efforts are crucial for continued progress.
Contributing: Maureen Groppe